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Individual Consultancy (Sudanese Nationals Only) for Upgrading Informal Apprenticeships Training Systems in East Darfur and West Kordofan, Sudan
International Labour Organization





 City: Khartoum
 Deadline: 08 July 2021

Start Date: 18.07.2021
End Date: 30.06.2022

PROSPECTS Partnership:
Under “Partnership for Improving Prospects for Forcibly Displaced Persons and Host Communities” (PROSPECTS) project supported by the Government of the Netherlands, the ILO also partners with UNICEF, UNHCR, WB, and IFC to develop a joint and fully integrated approach to respond to the forced displacement situation. In Sudan, the Partnership focuses on delivering change within the South Sudanese refugee and host community populations in East Darfur, specifically Assalayaa settlement and El Nimir camp and West Kordofan, specifically along the Keilak-Kharasana corridor and in the remote El Meiram settlements.

The development challenges facing Sudan are numerous, but at the heart of the problem is how to sustain and accelerate economic growth, and translate that growth into improved opportunities for the vast majority of the country’s population living under extreme conditions of informality. In Sudan, the formal labour market accommodates only a small and decreasing portion of the economically active population. Salaried jobs offer no answer to the growing demand for more and more jobs. Unemployment among youth, between 15 and 24 years of age (more than 60% of the population) is particularly high and increased by two percentage points between 2009 and 2014 (WB, 2020, see figure below). In the PROSPECTS targeted states of East Darfur and West Kordofan, extreme informality creates some of the highest reported unemployment rates in the country, only preceded by larger urban centres.


The Objective of this Terms of Reference is to bring in an Individual National Consultant to support
the International Labour Organization in the implementation of its “Upgrading Informal
Apprenticeship Training Systems” approach. This approach will emphasize

  • Identifying Mastercraft persons and workshops that are suitable for participating in PROSPECTS,
  • Assisting those workshops to upgrade informal apprenticeship training system regimes,
  •  Improving the productivity and quality of the goods produced in these workshops through capacity-building and technology transfers,
  • Exposing Mastercraft persons to benchmark workshops in regional capitals for mimicry and layout adoption, and
  •  Working with the ILO to open up workshops for apprentices from the wider community,
  • enlarging the close family/kinship circle of learners.

Parallel to these efforts, the ILO will be working with Mastercraft persons to establish a locality entered
and trades-specific Mastercraft Trade Association that will work to concretize an initial
governance and regulatory framework, help codify occupational competencies and benchmark the
learning process.

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